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#113228 - 04/01/02 09:42 PM Along Came Martin!
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Registered: 10/07/00
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Loc: NY, USA

I was asked to install a service, subfeeds, and panels for a contractor's new home. The "roping" was to be done by someone else. I thought it would be some kid that just hadn't done services or much pipework before. Wrong!
Martin goes into the crawlspace under the house, up and down the ladder all day long, and works like crazy, taking only a short lunch break. Not counting his previous electrical training in the military, he's been in the trade 54 years (apprentice in 1948) He's in his mid 80s, and still going strong (although he says he's not as fast as he used to be)

- Scott (Electure)

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#113229 - 04/02/02 04:08 AM Re: Along Came Martin!
Trainwire Offline

Registered: 03/15/02
Posts: 364
Loc: Strasburg,PA,USA
Man; that's somebody I'd like to work with and talk to for a day or two. The tricks he'd know and the stories he could tell. Gotta respect somebody like that.

#113230 - 04/02/02 05:22 AM Re: Along Came Martin!
sparky66wv Offline

Registered: 11/17/00
Posts: 2334
Loc: West Virginia
I owned a convenience store once, and I special ordered 50 lb bags of dog food for a 95 year old Mr. Rupert Spencer. Mr. Spencer had came by to pick up his order, and I asked "Mr. Spencer, would you like me to take this to your car?"

"Didn't bring the car" he said as he slung the 50 lb bag over his shoulder and bolted out the door. His walk to his house was about a half a mile.

Along with my Grandfather, these men would walk over the mountain to go to work for a logging company...

Tough old birds...

#113231 - 04/03/02 04:12 PM Re: Along Came Martin!
sparky Offline

Registered: 10/18/00
Posts: 5544
For about 5 yrs i worked for an older gent that had been in the Rural Electrification Program, this was post-war...
By the stories he told, it sure sounds like the worlds turned a few times since then......

Oh, and Kudo's to Martin!
How fortunate to have such longevity in our trade! We should all be so lucky....

[This message has been edited by sparky (edited 04-03-2002).]

#113232 - 04/07/02 07:40 AM Re: Along Came Martin!
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Registered: 06/21/01
Posts: 650
Loc: omaha,ne

#113233 - 04/07/02 08:46 AM Re: Along Came Martin!
circuit man Offline

Registered: 11/05/01
Posts: 287
Loc: saluda,s.c.
nice to see guys like martin stil working. bet he can tell some stories,i could listen to them all day. just like to hear about the old days.wish him the best. he proably can still whip some of the young bucks i bet.


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